Mulching, Mulching, and More Mulching

Today was “Mulch Day” in more ways than one. We put fresh wood chip mulch down on the paths, which was much needed. We had some holes that were definitely taking on water every time it rained. The mulch should help keep the mud down in the garden.

We also put straw mulch down around our tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. We used about a bale and a half of wheat straw mulch, so yes, we will have some wheat growing out of the straw later on. But the mulch does so many good things for us, that it is worth it.

Good reasons to use mulch:

  1. It keeps the soil more evenly moist, which is important if we go through a less-rainy-than-the-rest-of-this-spring period.
  2. When it gets boiling hot, it helps keep the soil cooler.
  3. It helps smother all the pesky weeds.
  4. It helps prevent common tomato diseases that overwinter in the soil (Early Blight & Septoria Leaf Spot) from splashing onto the leaves when it rains and the weather conditions are ideal for those diseases. (Warm & rainy)
  5. It provides some extra organic matter to the soil, especially if you mix it in in the fall. (Or you can put it in the compost bin.)

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on June 8, 2010, in Working in the Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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